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James Lyon

Hometown: Rockford, Illinois | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Engineering (Robotics)

All in the Hips: Exoskeletal Design for Rehabilitation and Lift-Support

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
FURI: Fall 2018

The focus of this research is to develop a wearable system that will augment the user’s own lifting capabilities. Several systems on the market accomplish this task but are bulky and alter or limit natural motion and body position. Previous research demonstrated that substantial force can be generated using flexible elliptical shafts at a significant reduction in overall system mass. The current design will relieve much of the strain on the lower back and hips, and allow poses such as kneeling, which other systems do not accommodate. Further research and development will present an industry level ready-for-duty model.

Other Projects

All in the Hips: Exoskeletal Design for Occupational Lift-Support and Rehabilitation

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
FURI: Spring 2018

The focus of this research is to design a wearable system that will augment the user’s own lifting capabilities. Occupational lifting puts significant strain on the hips and lower back and leads to disorders such as osteoarthritis and lower back pain. Most systems on the market address these issues but in ways that limit or alter natural motion. The current design will relieve much of the strain on the lower back, hips and knees, while still allowing for poses such as kneeling, which other systems do not accommodate. Further research will incorporate user feedback to improve its design and functionality.